Hillary Clinton recently made headlines when she claimed that Donald Trump was the original “birther.” By saying this, Clinton is insinuating that Trump originated the attacks on Barack Obama that he was not born in the United States and was instead born in Kenya.
What Clinton is forgetting, however, is the fact that she actually originated the birther claims back in 2008, when she was running for president against Obama. According toWestern Journalism, this was proven when the video below surfaced:
Here’s the transcript from the video:
Hillary Clinton on Thursday again lied by blaming Trump for the Obama “birthers.”
CLINTON: And let’s not forget that Trump first gained political prominence leading the charge for the so-called birthers. He promoted the racist lie that President Obama is not really an American citizen. Part of a sustained effort to delegitimize America’s first black president.
Awkwardly enough, it was Hillary’s campaign that started this rumor in 2008, hinting he may be a Muslim by circulating this photo.
Then in March 2008, during 60 Minutes, Mrs. Clinton would not say he was not a Muslim.
STEVE KROFT: You don’t believe that Senator Obama’s a Muslim?
CLINTON: Of course not. I mean, that’s, you know, there is no basis for that. You know, I take him on the basis of what he says. And you know, there isn’t any reason to doubt that.
KROFT: You said you’d take Senator Obama at his word that he’s not a Muslim. You don’t believe that he’s not a Muslim?
CLINTON: No. No, there is nothing to base that on, as far as I know.
To make matters worse, even the liberal MSNBC last year argued that her campaign started the rumor.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: For Hillary Clinton to come out and criticize anybody for spreading the rumors about Barack Obama when it all started …
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: On 60 Minutes.
SCARBOROUGH: It all started with her and her campaign passing things around in the Democratic primary — rich. It started, this started with Hillary Clinton and it was spread by the Clinton team.
BRZEZINSKI: We’re just telling the truth.
HAROLD FORD: I don’t recall that but if you’re telling me that was the case, I just don’t recall.
JOHN HEILEMANN: It was the case.
SCARBOROUGH: It was the case. Thank you, John Heilemann.